I’m Building A New Website

September 19, 2014

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Over the past five months,
I have been training myself on how to build a website.

You see, I am not exactly flushed with cash and it is a pretty expensive endeavour to start a new business. So many little (& some large) costs that are incurred . . . . branding, postage, online shop, advertising, a website, marketing, stationery, photography, product/service production, social media updates, and so much more!

Hence, I have been scouting out free tutorials anywhere on the Interweb, to try to learn the basics and grow my knowledge base so that the website for my business [Purple Paper House] is totes-awesome!

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And I’m almost there!

So very, very close.

And I wanted to share some of the wonderful tutorials and websites that have brought me so close to creating my own, real and professional website.
I hope you find them as useful as I did.
<3
Pia

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This FREE Udemy by Erine Flynn course was a brilliant way in which to improve my website . . . .

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Katrina from 77webstudio is very generous with her knowledge and her videos are brilliant!

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And what can I say about Marie Forleo?
She is fun, funny, generous and dare I say it – wise.


Creating A Watermark for Your Photos

January 3, 2014

Recently,
I have been trying to get my shizzle into action.

So many crappy things have happened to me in the past four weeks,
that I thought it was time that I
forgot all about it,
and just got on with my life.

So . . . . .

One of the jobs I had to tackle
and just always ignored,
was making/creating a ‘Copyright Watermark’
for the myriad of photos I upload
to the Interweb every year,
and the hundreds I intend to upload
THIS year.

So I did a quick search on my favourite Search Engine** – Pinterest

I came across a STACK of great tutes
for creating bibs and bobs on
PicMonkey.

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I use to be a Photoshop,
then PhotoBucket, fan
but I have found PicMonkey to be easier to use.

No,
I did NOT receive an endorsement
for talking about PicMonkey

(Jeez – I wish!),
it just happens to be a brilliant photo editing website.
It IS free,
however I pay the $4.99 a month
for the Upgraded version – bloody worth it!

Anyhoo,
I checked out a few of the ‘Pins’ to see which ones
best suited what I needed.

This one at Tempting Thyme, almost did it for me,
however wasn’t quite what I needed.
And of course, being a blogger,
she TOTALLY linked back to where she got her info from,
which meant I could go check out her source, for myself.

If only MainstreamMedia and BigBusiness were this ethical
– imagine how awesome our world would be !!!

So I went to Beginner Beans,
and followed Trina’s brilliant and oh-so-easy tute
on how to Create A Watermark
for my own use.

Awesome!

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And here is the final copy of my efforts

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So whatta think?

Any good?

What about the tutorials?
Did you find them useful.

Go on, you can tell me . . . .

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** Yes, yes! I know Pinterest is not a Search Engine 
(as such), 
but realistically it’s an awesome way to locate something 
that you KNOW will be there ;)

 

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Colouring In For the Holidays

December 30, 2013

A few parents here and there,
find school holidays a real survival challenge.

Especially the six week long, Christmas/Summer holidays
we have down here in Oz.

But I remember my Mum loved having us home for the holidays.

We were on the opposite end of ‘wealthy’ on the economic scale,
however we always had SO much fun.

I have such fond memories of
* playing with paper dolls (hours and hours)
* playing schools, shops and Mums & Dads
* mucking around outside
* and colouring in.

Man,
I really loved colouring in.
Still do – big time!

Recently,
I decided that I wanted to make a poster for my 2014 ‘Word’,
which is actually two words . . .
“Dream BIG”.

After quite a few drafts,
I finally made a copy that I would be happy to colour in.

And here it is
for you to print off
and perhaps colour in yourself,
or share it with some ‘short people’ that you know would enjoy it.

And if you do,
please, PLEASE
send me a photo,
via the comments section,
of your completed awesomeness.

<3
Pia

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As a courtesy, please DO NOT use this artwork
in a commercial sense (profit from it).
It is for private or community use only!

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Dream BIG

Clock on the link (above) to get an A4 size, printable copy :)

Click on the link (above – in aqua)
to get an A4 size, printable copy :)

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I’ve Been A Bad Jelly Bean

April 22, 2013

I have been unable to spend much time at JellyBean Scrappers lately.

But, last Thursday I caught up with BigToni from JBS and she showed me a project that she had loaded at JBS, as a Challenge for April.

Here’s where she got the idea from . . .

Tea Party Blog Hop

Tea Party Blog Hop . . . click to link :)

Paper Tea Cup

Paper Tea Cup . . . click on image for link to Template & Instructions

Here’s the template, itself . . .

Ann Wood Tea Cup – Template

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Her instructions are wonderfully detailed

Ann’s instructions are wonderfully detailed

I have started making my version. I am quite enjoying it

. . . well it does involve glue and mess :)

I will be posting a tutorial from my trial and also a new tutorial as I have already discovered a new way that I think I want mine to turn out.

. . . cause I cannot seem to accept what ‘is’!

I probably won’t get time until ANZAC Day
(Thursday 25th April)

Ciao bellas!


Butterfly Birth – My First Project for ETSY

April 15, 2013

So . . . . . .

. . . . I have been working on an idea for a while now and have finally started to put it into action.

A canvas with hand cut butterflies.

A canvas with hand cut butterflies.

Each day represents one day in the womb.

The final number of butterflies will be the title of the canvas.

This one is for Pia and is titled
“287”

Do you like it?


Get SMASHed

January 4, 2013

I do love getting SMASHed . . .

I have recently spent some “me” time
which entails some serious
mucking around and getting dirty!

SO much fun!

Check out the following photos of my latest SMASH efforts.

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On the following page I:

used a Tag from a swap, a picture from the Net, a piece of Foil that has been dry embossed and then altered with Alcohol Inks and then Fussy Cut

Page 3

Page 3

On the following page I:

have made this gorgeous winged heart,
by Die Cutting and Dry Embossing some card,
and Colour Blending the edges of the heart and wings.

Page 10

Page 10

On the following page I:

have simply Stuck in some paraphernalia from a quiz night

Pages 19 & 20

Pages 19 & 20

On the following page I:

stuck in a dried maple leaf, and attached a Green Tara floral sprig,
and then Added a piece of dainty lace

Page 25

Page 25

On the following page I:

made a Tag using a Stamp & T!m’s Blending Tool and Distress Ink Pads,
and on the Butterfly I have inked with Distress Inks
and then added a layer of Rock Candy, which I then Heat Set

Page 29

Page 29

On the following page I:

Hand Written one word, then Adhered a Tag made using
the Blend & Flick method from T!m,
and I have also Stamped an image and the year,
finishing with a Rubon on the top RH corner
and a small Bookplate with a handwritten Title.

Pages 43 - 44

Pages 43 – 44

On the following page I:

attached a a postcard I collected years ago and just could not throw out.
It now resides quite happily in my SMASH,
along with some handwritten journalling,
a Paper Heart and some plastic Tabs.

Page 50

Page 50

On the following page I:

created my “Oh Come On” page.
It’s where I grumble in code about different issues
I have adhered a small plastic bag,
fussy Cut a Border from some scrapbooking paper,
I have then Stuck down a Hand Cut cupey, a multi-layered Paper Flower,
a small Crocheted Doiley, a mini Skirt Pin and an Image of a Butterfly.

Page 62

Page 62

 This BAG is the key to my continued SMASHing.

I collect all manner of odds and ends and through them in this bag.
Whenever I want to SMASH, all I do is open my SMASH bag
and start
cutting, glueing and journalling!

SMASH Bag

SMASH Bag

So how do you SMASH?


Cat Haven?

January 1, 2013

For the past 8 days I have been
cussing,
designing
banging,
cutting,
measuring,
chucking tantrems,
cussing some more
and then completing
the Taj Mahal
of cat enclosures.

I better win Daughter of the Year 2013 or I will be seriously *@^ed!

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The entire area blocked off to avoid any dog ‘smells’ getting near the enclosure . . .

Ignore the sagging - it's a design feature!

Ignore the sagging – it’s a design feature!

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View from above – fairly palatial, don’t you think?

Lofty outdoor digs for a cat?

Lofty outdoor digs for a cat?

Facilities include: lavatory, landscaping, viewing platform, visitors’ parking, solid constructions (cough, splutter) and designer furniture.

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One of the many features . . an armchair being used as a ladder.

The chair - used for entry & exit via the window

The chair – used for entry & exit via the window

So? Do I win? Daughter of the Year?

Bloody better!!!!


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